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Top Players To Raise Funds For Haiti Earthquake Victims

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Roger Federer© AFP/Getty ImagesRoger Federer announced plans for the 'Hit For Haiti' charity exhibition on Saturday.

ATP World Tour Champion Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick will join Sony Ericsson WTA Tour stars Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Sam Stosur in a series of exhibition matches at Melbourne Park on Sunday to help raise funds for the relief efforts for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Play at the 'Hit for Haiti' charity event will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday on Rod Laver Arena, the main stadium at the Australian Open. Tickets cost A$10 for adults and entry is free for children under 12.

"We had the idea that we could do something to help Haiti after the tragic earthquake," said Federer, a four-time former champion at the Australian Open.

"So we're going to play doubles or mixed doubles tomorrow [and] try to fill the stadium.  [I hope] it will be a nice day for families to come and see some top players play."

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At the Medibank International, Marcos Baghdatis donated $5,000 of his prize money to the World Vision Australia Haiti Earthquake Appeal.  "The situation in Haiti is really, really sad," he said.  "I have seen the pictures on the news and it is it just horrific.  I want to send my condolences to everyone affected by the earthquake."

Sydney doubles champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic both donated five per cent of their prize money to the appeal.  "I don't think we can fully comprehend the devastation of the earthquake over in Haiti, and we just want to do our part in helping everyone who is suffering during this difficult time," said Nestor.

At the Heineken Open, John Isner also donated $5,000 of his first prize to the Red Cross in its efforts to assist those affected by the recent earthquake in Haiti. "It's a small contribution to help the victims in Haiti," Isner said.  "What happened there makes us realise how lucky we are."

The devastating earthquake which hit Haiti on Tuesday measured 7.0 on the Richter Scale. The United Nations has launched an appeal for hundreds of millions of dollars to try to help around three million people in need.

Support Haitian earthquake victims: Visit StandWithHaiti.org

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